Today in Milligan History (1/23)

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Today in Milligan History

an ongoing project of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society

Good Day, Milligan!

Proverbs 23:13-14 — Do not withhold discipline from children; if you punish them with the rod, they will not die. Punish them with the rod and save them from death.

This is Wednesday, January 23, 2012, and on this day in Milligan history . . .

1909    W. P. Crouch delivered an address in the Milligan College’s daily chapel service entitled “Life’s Purpose, Plan, and Prize.”  Crouch was the father of former New Testament professor, Owen L. Crouch, and the grandfather of James Crouch (1958) and Lorna Crouch (1966). Milligan College “New Horizon,” Volume I, No. vi, Catalogue Number 1909-1910; correspondence from Lorna Crouch, January 22, 2013..

1965    The January 21 Stampede reported that Milligan College was to host the Appalachian District Youth Rally on the 23rd. The young people were to enjoy a banquet in Sutton Hall (cost: $1.50). Jerry Tribble (1966) and Mike Bradford (1965) were collecting RSVPs for the event at which “Dave Roberts “(that would be Professor emeritus of Christian Ministry R. David Roberts, 1964) would be the speaker and Les Bain provided the music. The Stampede, January 21, 1965, p. 4.

2007    Before the official media event which was scheduled for January 24, the office of Vice President for Student Development / Sports Development Mark Fox (1980) announced to students, faculty and staff that beginning in Fall 2007 Milligan College would add swimming as an intercollegiate sport. Former Science Hill and Dobyns Bennett High School coach Ron Goehring had agreed to head the program and was already recruiting student-athletes. Swimming was not entirely new to Milligan. From 1977 to 1986 the “Water Buffaloes” swim club had challenged both club and varsity intercollegiate teams. Under the leadership of Coach Chuck Gee, the team, which included Milligan’s own Dr. Diane Junker (1979, Milligan 1984-1988 and since 1992) had a rewarding season, recording a perfect 11-0 record in 1981

Birthdays: In 1737 John Hancock in Quincy, MA . . .  in 1832 Édouard Manet in Paris, France . . . in 1915 Potter Stewart in Jackson, MI.


In 1933 the states ratified the Twentieth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America. This “Lame Duck” amendment changed the date on which a newly elected President would take office, moving the date from March to January.

In 1964 the states ratified the Twenty-fourth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which removed the poll tax or any other tax as an abridgement of a citizen’s right to vote in national elections.

In 1989 Salvador Dalí, the Spanish surrealist, died in Spain at 84. Remember Persistence of Memory?

In 1789 Father John Carroll founded Georgetown University in Washington, DC, the first Roman Catholic university in the USA.

In 1812 a 7.8 earthquake along the New Madrid fault in Missouri temporarily reversed the flow of the Mississippi River.

In 1924 Ramsey MacDonald formed Britain’s first Labour (socialist) government.

In 1945 the Nazis hanged Helmuth James von Moltke for conspiring with a circle of friends at his Kreisau estate to set up a government that would run Germany after Hitler’s fall from power.

In 1968 North Korea seized the USS Pueblo and its 83-man US Navy crew in the Sea of Japan.

In 1997 Madeleine Albright became the first woman to serve as U. S. Secretary of State.

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